Dyson Sphere / Swarm from 3 Months Ago More Likely to be Alien

Remember that weird star that was discovered and in the news back towards the end of 2015? This star was estimated to be about 1500 light years away.   An astronomer named Jason Wright from Penn State was the first to suggest a while ago that this could quite possibly be an artificial structure…though most other astronomers believed the chances of this being artificial were very low.  This time, however, an astronomer from Louisiana State University, Bradley Schaefer, has stumbled upon new information which has resparked the artificial alien megastructure theory. This star, commonly referred to as KIC 8462852 has been observed using the Kepler space telescope to lose up to 20 percent of its brightness periodically and with no regular pattern.  Simply put: the star fluctuates very heavily in brightness and luminosity over time (both increasing and deceasing in irregular patterns). 

The reason this is so concerning is because the irregular pattern suggests an enormous object is blocking or absorbing the light somehow…something which cannot be a regular, fixed patterned object. This means it is not a planet or other large star which is intermittently blocking the light from our telescopic view, as a planet or star would create obvious patterns of dimmed and brightened light intensities.  Instead, it is likely something that changes shape or intensity over time for seemingly moldable reasons.  This object or construct must be blocking a varying level of light at random intervals.


The Dyson Swarm is Not Likely to be Comets

Aliens could exist in tougher survival zones by creating megastructures like the Dyson Swarm. The reason some scientists believe this star may be encompassed by a Dyson swarm is because of the lack of a pattern in the dimming light and luminosity intensity. Because comets are somewhat irregular, a lot of astronomers were quick to jump on the comet theory.  To prove that KIC 8462852 (also called Tabby’s star) is not suffering from dimming luminosity from a giant family of comets, astronomer Schaefer searched the astronomy archives of Harvard to find records pertaining to this star dating as early as 1890 (New Scientist, 2016)! Schaefer would go on to analyze the data and find that the star has been measurably and gradually dimming for more than a century with no apparent obvious cause or reason. 

It gets a little more certain in fact when Schaefer does the math to realize it would take almost 650 thousand comets a minimum of 200 kilometers in diameter (each), in order to cause the major loss of brightness. As put by Schaefer himself, this being a likely cause is “completely implausible” and this new information has been considered a complete “refutation of the idea, and indeed of all published ideas.” This essentially means that most natural explanations (including a large family of comets) can be ruled out as the cause for loss of luminosity (New Scientist, 2016).

Why it Could be an Alien Megastructure

Tabby’s star has been behaving very abnormally and there is absolutely a cause for this irregular loss of brightness.  A Dyson Swarm is strong possibility because alien satellites spread throughout to orbit the star, would be plentiful in quantity in order to maximize the harvest of the sun’s energy. A civilization of an advanced type would be highly adept at harvesting energy, especially from a single sun, and would be capable of large harvests which absolutely could be detectable more than a thousand light years away on Earth with our telescopes.  Another scientist, Doug Vakoch from the organization Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence International (SETI International) has been scanning for radio and other visible wavelengths in the direction of Tabby’s Star (SETI International, 2016).  Thus far, Vakoch’s program has come up empty handed, however, this does not mean much, except that perhaps any extraterrestrials out there may not wish to communicate with Earth (or care about Earth).

Ultimately, it could be possible that a far advanced civilization could build a megastructure like a Dyson Sphere which would consume 20 percent of a star’s energy in just a century. This new information does not guarantee that this is an artificial construct, but it most certainly rules out a lot of natural theories and gives more credence to the alien megastructure theory.


New Scientist, (2016). Comets can’t explain weird ‘alien megastructure’ star after all. New Scientist. Retrieved from: http://newscientist.com

SETI International, (2016). The Primary objectives and purposes of SETI International Discoveries. SETI International Website. Retrieved from: http://setiinternational.org


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